The 'Best Phone' Status of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is Poised to Face Three Major Challenges

The 'Best Phone' Status of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is Poised to Face Three Major Challenges

It's simple to see why the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is at the top of the finest phones on the market right now. 

There's enough to appreciate whether you're a photographer in need of a DSLR-rivaling smartphone, a frequent note-taker who likes the aesthetic of the S Pen stylus, or someone who spends a lot of time gaming or streaming video. 

However, the phone's exorbitant price may deter some users, so it's fantastic that there are competitors to compete with. And three new ones are coming out in the next few days that could pull you away from the Galaxy.

So you know what to anticipate, we'll walk you through these three phones.

iPhone 14

Apple's new iPhones could bring the largest improvements in years, according to iPhone 14 speculations. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have a sleeker new design, a quicker A16 Bionic CPU, a sharper new main camera, and maybe USB-C. 

The iPhone 14 Pro models will receive the most significant updates. Still, the normal iPhone 14 lineup might also see significant changes, with the small expected to be replaced by a new 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max.



They will improve the Ultra-Wide camera, and there's a chance Apple could introduce a "periscope" zoom lens that allows for even larger optical magnification. Still, it's unclear whether this will happen in 2022 or 2023. The Pro iPhone models will have 48-megapixel cameras and 8K video recording capabilities. However, the ordinary iPhone 14 models will not have these features.

Vivo X80

Vivo's flagship X-line has been famous for having some of the greatest cameras in any smartphone, and the new Vivo X80 phones in 2022 appear to be no exception. 

Importantly, Vivo has confirmed plans for a global debut on May 8, which will reveal at least some of the other nations that will receive Vivo's current flagships and how much they'll cost outside of China. The Vivo X70 series was released in India and other Asian markets. However, it was never released in Europe, unlike earlier X60 phones. You will not see the X80 line in North America.



The X80 is equipped with MediaTek's top Dimensity 9000 chipset, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage. 

The panel is a 6.78-inch FHD+ OLED curved screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage, so it should look great. 

A 4500mAh battery provides power, including 80W wired fast charging but no support for wireless charging.

Xiaomi 12 Ultra

Xiaomi's next flagship smartphone, the 12 Ultra or the MIX 5, is still a topic of speculation. Xiaomi may release the handset in April, according to Digital Chat Station, while Pricebaba and Mukul Sharma claim that this will not be the case. Instead, the two claim that Xiaomi will release the device in May, but exclusively in China. 



Xiaomiui, on the other hand, believes Xiaomi will wait until June to reveal the Xiaomi 12 Ultra. Xiaomiui also claims that the Xiaomi 12 Ultra was developed under the codename 'Unicorn' and given the product number '2206122SC'. Xiaomiui and others usually refer to new Xiaomi devices by abbreviated model numbers, such as L2S in the case of the Xiaomi 12 Ultra.

Furthermore, Xiaomiui believes that the L2S will be a Chinese-only device, despite its branding. It applies to the L1 and L1A, which are more undisclosed Xiaomi flagship smartphones. Xiaomi will unveil the L1 and L1A under the MIX series, according to Xiaomiui.

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Jessica Vieira
Jessica Vieira
Jessica Vieira is ProductReviews's senior media reporter, covering the intersection of entertainment and technology.